zondag 2 september 2012

Fall ideas

After making some plushies, I'm now thinking of crocheting some accessories for fall.
Meanwhile I'm also making extra hexagons to expand my hexagon blanket, as you van see in this pic.

vrijdag 24 augustus 2012

Another DIY fluffie is born: Tumsy Bunny

Yesterday I made a friend for the whale. Don't they look cute together?

I made it out of a red fleece blanket with pink polka dots. Again, I used a DIY Fluffies pattern: absolutely love her patterns!

And some more pics:

dinsdag 21 augustus 2012

Whale plushie

I sewed a whale! It's made using a DIY Fluffies pattern I found on Etsy. I really like the result.
At first, I was a bit affraid it would be too hard (since it said: intermediate), but it wasn't that difficult after all. I'm glad I made it!
The whale is made out of fleece baby blankets. For the top I used a turquoise - green polka dot blanket, for the belly I used a plain white blanket. The eyes are made out of felt scraps. He is stuffed with polyester polyfill.
Here are some more pics:

If you're interested in buying this cutie: I've listed it in my etsy shop. Also, if you would like a custom made whale (other colors, fabrics...), please send me a message on etsy.

Some gifts i've sewn

Hi there, it's been a long time since I've updated my blog... But now I'm back on track.

This summer I've been sewing some gifts, which you can see here:

donderdag 23 februari 2012

Hexagon blanket = finished!

I'm so glad I finally finished my crochet hexagon blanket. It took me quite some time: I started on May 20, 2010 (that's right, 2010!) and I finished it some days ago (Feb 19, 2012).
The pattern I used was the Ruby Hexagon Blanket by Nova Seals for novamade. I used different colors of worsted weight yarns I had on hand. Every last row I crocheted in black. The first border was also made in black, whereas the second is made in lime green.
This is how it looked like one week after I started; and another pic of the finished blanket.

dinsdag 14 februari 2012

Cozy twisted tunisian cowl

I made this cowl using the tunisian 3 color technique I discovered on the StitchDiva website on this page.
Here are some more pics:

If you want to make your own, it's really not that hard. This is my first how-to, so please let me know if something isn't clear, if there are mistakes or if you have any questions. So, here it goes:

How to make your own cozy twisted tunisian cowl:

What you will will need:
- yarn from your stash in three assorted/contrasting colors. Try to find yarn in different textures as it gives a nice result.
- Tunisian extended S (19mm) hook (although I think you could make this with a "normal" S (19mm) crochet hook, but then you should really be careful that your stitches don't slip of your hook. You could cut a cardboard circle and screw it to the end of your hook, just to be sure it doesn't slip). I used one from Jenkins I really love. You can find that one here.

Used abbreviations and techniques:
  • Ch: Chain Stitch
  • Sl St: Slip stitch
  • Tunisian Base row. If you're new to Tunisian crochet, here is a great tutorial.
  • Tss: Tunisian Simple Stich. Take a look here for a great tutorial.
  • Tunisian 3 color technique: if you know how to do tunisian crochet, this shouldn't be a problem. Here is a tutorial.
  • Tunisian binding of: here is a tutorial.

Let's get started:
Step 1:
Decide which yarn you will use. Sort your colors: for  example, I have used three blue yarns, three green yarns and two purple yarns. Hold the strands of the yarns of the same colorway together, when you (tunisian) crochet. I will refer to each "yarn" (i.e. each two/three strands of yarns held together) as yarn A, B and C. Make sure that each "yarn" has about the same thickness. For example, my two purple yarns held together, are about the same thickness as three green yarns.
I used some worsted weight yarn, but also "novelty" yarns. I also used plain as well as variegrated yarns. If you use different textures/types of yarn, you'll have a great texturized result, which has a very nice look and feel, as you can see on this picture:
Step 2:
With color A, ch 15 (or until you reach the desired width of your cowl, mine is about 25cm (10 inch) wide) and start your tunisian base row; this is your first forward pass.

Step 3:
Then, start your first reverse pass in color B (= 15 Tss)
Use color C in your next forward pass. Keep on alternating colors each row. This is basicly the 3 color technique, but please look at StitchDiva's tutorial for a better explanation.

Step 4:
Keep on crocheting in Tss using the 3 color technique until it measures about 130cm (51 inch) and bind of (see tutorial). Do NOT fasten of!
Note: I choose to not weave in the ends because 1) I don't like doing that and (2) I like the look of those dangling threads. If you don't like that look, just weave in the ends when you run out of yarn (and in the beginning  and the end of your work).

Step 5:
Lay your work flat and twist your cowl twice. Then, hold the beginning and the end together, right sides together, and sl st closed. Fasten off. This is how it should look like:
You're ready! Please let me know if you have any questions. If you make one, please let me see some pics. If you plan to make and sell this, please add a tagline "made from a Tien's Hands pattern". Thank you!

dinsdag 10 januari 2012

A knotted crochet headband

I found a nice tutorial on how to make a crochet headband with a nautical knot. I really liked it and decided to make my own. So here it is in a mustard color. It's a merino wool so it's very soft.